HOW TO TAKE ACTION:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) response to Hurricane María’s devastation in Puerto Rico has been painfully slow, inexplicably limited and mired in scandals. Call Representative Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, at 202-225-5074 and ask that he compel FEMA to turn over its records on Puerto Rico relief assistance.
Fill out the blanks and read the script when the staff answers the phone or leave a voice message.
“Hi, my name is [NAME], I am a voting constituent living in [CITY/TOWN] and my zip code is [ZIP CODE #].
The people of Puerto Rico continue without electricity and access to basic services. We demand an adequate crisis management response, transparency and accountability from the Federal Government. I am calling to urgently ask that Chairman Trey Gowdy issue a subpoena to compel FEMA to produce documents relating to its failure to provide tens of millions of emergency meals to U.S. citizens who were victims of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico immediately after the storm.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) response to Hurricane María’s devastation in Puerto Rico has been painfully slow, inexplicably small and mired in scandals that some attribute to blunders and others to deliberate neglect. To highlight a few:
- Tribute Contracting LLC, a one-person company in Atlanta, was awarded a $156 million contract by FEMA on Oct. 3 to provide 30 million self-heating meals to Puerto Rico, but only followed through on 50,000. The contract was terminated by email on Oct. 19, after Tribute failed to meet a deadline of providing the first 18.5 million meals. This was the sixth government contract awarded to Tribute that had been canceled because of failure to deliver.
- A newly created Florida company called Bronze Star LLC, with an unproven record, won more than $30 million in contracts from FEMA to provide emergency tarps and plastic sheeting for repairs. Bronze Star never delivered the supplies. FEMA eventually terminated the contracts, without paying any money, and re-started the process to supply more tarps for the island.
- FEMA spokesperson, Delyris Aquino-Santiago, told NPR on January 29th that it would “officially shut off” its food and water mission on the island on Wednesday January 31st and hand its remaining food and water supplies over to the Puerto Rican government to finish distributing. This decision was reversed on Wednesday citing an error in communications.
On February 6, 2018 Representative Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Committee Member Stacey E. Plaskett sent a letter requesting that Chairman Trey Gowdy issue a subpoena to compel FEMA to produce documents it has withheld for more than three months relating to its failure to provide tens of millions of emergency meals to U.S. citizens who were victims of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico.
Call Representative Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and ask that he compel FEMA to turn over its records on Puerto Rico relief assistance.